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Terra Cizek

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services

Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Adult/Family Programs

Company/Organization: ACCESS
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Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
During my time interning on the Domestic Violence team, I helped with client meetings, worked with law enforcement, helped with no-contact orders, attended court hearings, and was involved in many different projects. Now, as an Administration team intern, I work on many projects will different ACCESS teams such as the Crime Victim Rights Week, as well as answering client calls, taking donations, and collaborator calls.

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishments so far have been working with many Boone County officials on our presentations for Crime Victims Rights Week coming up in April. I also helped to organize an International Women's Day event in Ames, as well as simply learning a lot about what goes in to helping victims, such as how to go about pressing charges, no-contact orders, etc.

I learned...
The greatest lesson I have learned is just how sensitive matters can be when it comes to working with victims, and how important this work is to them. I also learned that my interests within this field are much broader than I thought, and I am happy that I "stepped outside of the box" in terms of my interests, as I never thought that I would have enjoyed working with victims. I have learned many things throughout this experience, but I am most grateful for the opportunity to learn about the many different aspects that are a part of working with victims.

Advice for others...
My advice would be to not stress about the future, and to explore areas within the field that may not be your first thought. I always worried because I did not know exactly what I wanted to do, and I thought that it would hold me back until I figured it out, but that is definitely not the case. I highly recommend looking in to many different areas of the Human Services field and going in to each one with an open mind. You will find the area that best suits you, and it will all happen at the right time.

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